What To Expect From the State Of The Union

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When President Obama gives the State of the Union on Tuesday, he will have the challenge of trying to get his 2nd term back on the right track.

With the roll out of Obamacare being a disaster and the whole, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” debacle; the president’s approval numbers took a nose dive. Currently, President Obama is hovering around 46% approval, which is not that bad….

The problem is that while Obama is at 46% approval, when you ask Americans in the recent WAPO-ABC News poll about how they feel Obama is handling the economy and the direction of the country. The numbers are not good!

“Just 37% say they have either a good amount or a great deal of confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the country’s future, while 63% say they do not. Those numbers are the mirror image of what they were when he was sworn into office in 2009 and lower than at any other time the question was asked by The Washington Post and ABC News

If only 37% have confidence that President Obama will take the country in the right direction; how can the president get the people to back his strategy on eliminating the income inequality gap?

This State of the Union will have to be more than just a great oratory speech. It will need substance that President Obama will be able to building on for the next couple of weeks; the president is in need of positive momentum. Of course, the Republican House will not look to help Obama in any way.

For the president to gain the trust of the people, he will need to present a plan forward where progress can be measured. If he talks about pie-in-the-sky goals with little to no substance, there will be a collective rolling of the eyes from Americans throughout the country. The American people are ready for action, and if Obama wants to be on the right side of this debate his actions will speak louder than his words.

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

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Militant Mondays – My Problem with GI Joe: Retaliation

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Let me start by saying that I enjoyed ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’, it’s not a great movie but it was cool and it was a definite step-up from the 1st GI Joe movie.  Even tho I am not a big Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock fan, actually that’s being nice… I usually can’t stomach any movie with the Rock in it, but I was able to put my Rock hate aside to say that he wasn’t that bad in GI Joe.  I was able to get past early on when I realized The Rock was playing the role of Roadblock, that’s cool.  Growing Roadblock was one of my Joes as it was cool see Black hero in a cartoon, plus Roadblock has a big ass gun (Pause), HAHAHA!!!

I can understand why the producer would select The Rock as Roadblock, especially when you realize that unlike the cartoon Roadblock is a main character in GI Joe: Retaliation.

All that was cool, but then….

You have a scene where they show Roadblock’s kids (2 daughters), and they are Black, and then later you see that the movie gives a lil insight into Roadblock’s past when they show that he grew up in the hood.

So why the need to make Roadblock’s kids Black and to insinuate he grew up in the inner-city with Black people?

Clearly The Rock is White, why not just make his character all around White???

Now this is just my opinion but I feel like the producers of GI Joe were trying too hard to keep the connection of Roadblock the cartoon character and Roadblock the character in the movie.  It just didn’t sit to easy with me, you can go ahead and say I am just trying to play some race card or something and that is cool.  But ask your self this question….

In any remake of Superman, can you see the producers making Superman’s biological dad(Jor-El) Black?  Maybe have Samuel Jackson play Jor-El while Superman is still a White guy?

I don’t think so!!

*****UPDATE*****

Apologies, I over simplified The Rock’s ethnicity. He is part Black Nova Scotian (Canadian, Dad) and Samoan (mother)

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Colin Powell on GOP’s “Dark Vein of Intolerance”

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I am a big fan of Colin Powell and whenever he does an appearance/interview I try to watch; and his appearance on Meet The Press Sunday was not a disappointment for me.  Colin Powell does not shy away from the fact that he is a Republican but at the same time he is not shying away from expressing his disappointment in the party he grew up with.

I will say that I believe that the term minorities is no longer a term to be identified with a particular race but it’s more about economic status.  The 47% that Mitt Romney spoke about leaving behind is more than just Black people, it’s made up of low-income folks struggling to stay above water.  This is the group of people that so-called conservatives have forgotten.

The GOP will have to get it together if they stand to have a chance in 2016.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Chris Matthews Accuses Romney and GOP of Playing the Race Card

I have to apologize as I incorrectly wrote this piece saying that Chris Matthews called Mitt Romney a racist. Chris Matthews clearly said that Mitt Romney was playing the race card in this incident.

As much as I am a fan of MSNBC programming and Chris Matthews infamous rants against Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus.  This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Matthews went on a rant talking about how Mitt Romney’s “joke” concerning birth certificates was basically the Mitt Romney and the GOP playing the race card.  Matthews went as far as to say Romney is playing the race card.

On Friday at a rally in Michigan, Romney said the following:

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”

Romney claims this was his attempt at humor and this morning Reince Priebus (Who I think is a prick!) backed up that story and said the president has even joked about his birth certificate.

Was this an attempt at humor for Mitt Romney?

No…

What Romney did there was make an attempt to play up that Birther part of the base.  In playing to that part of the base Romney is playing with fire, its fire that John McCain was unwilling to play with back in 2008.  I commend Matthews for doing what most host and definitely not Joe Scarborough and that is call Priebus on his BS.  When Priebus said that President Obama was looking to Europe for guidance when it came to health care and spending, Scarborough would have never called Priebus on that.  I wonder if Priebus would say the same thing about Bush 43?

Yeah Right!!!

In the video you can see how uncomfortable the rest of the panelist were; because Chris Matthews wears his politics on his sleeve he couldn’t help himself but go on this rant.  What we saw in Matthews was built of frustration of the past 4 years, it will be interesting to see if there will be any blowback from MSNBC Execs.  Matthew could have probably avoided all this if he stayed away from mentioning the “race card”; he would have been fine if he made the argument that Romney should stay away from birther jokes and the likes of Donald Trump and condemn that part of the Republican Party.  Unfortunately once he gets going there is not much stopping him… 

In all honesty I did enjoy watching Reince Priebus squirm a bit; ever since he took over as head of th RNC  I have not liked his style in handling the media, who am I kidding???  I think the guy is a dick!!!

***Video courtesy of loudmothcha44 YouTube Channel***

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Russell Simmons and “Our People”

Since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate I have seen several tweets from Mediaite on Russell Simmons‘ blog post on GlobalGrind.com

My immediate response was, “WTF is Russell doing?”

The reason why I said WTF is that without reading Simmons’ blog post I thought his posting was about how Romney and Paul will “destroy” Black people.  In this economy it’s not only Black people suffering as Whites and EVERYONE is suffering in this Global Recession.  When you make a story about 1 group of people it takes away from your message; White people struggling could look at that tweet or Mediaite headline and be turned off from Russell Simmons overall message.  I don’t care what you tell me, no White person is going to read that headline and think, “Oh yeah Russell is talking about me!”.

But…..

If you read the blog post from Simmons you would read that he is talking about poor people all together; and how our government is being bought by a few rich people.  Russell views a Romney/Ryan ticket as a gutting of services for the middle-class and poor while lining the pockets of the filthy rich (I agree to a certain extent with that thought).  Unfortunately I am fearful that most will not get that message as the focus seems to be on the last sentence in Simmons blog:

“You are two men who will destroy our people and laugh all the way to the bank with your rich friends.” – Russell Simmons

Breitbart.com also used the “Our People” sentence instead of the true title of the blog post.  Simmons blog post is on point and is not the “vitriol” Breitbart.com tries to make it out to be.  There is no hiding Ryan’s budget plan and Romney’s tax plan; for them to reach their goals the spending they propose for defense and tax cuts for the rich have to come from some where.  That some where is the poor, not just Blacks or Whites but all middle-class and poor people!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – When did Facts stop being enough….

Sunday’s episode of the ‘The Newsroom’ (I’ll Try to Fix You) was timely; in the episode Will McAvoy (Anchor) reports on the misinformation campaign against President Obama concerning his record on gun control.  McAvoy runs clip after clip of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck talking about how Barack Obama wants to take your guns and destroy the 2nd Amendment.  The only problem is there is no evidence of such a campaign by President Obama, to show this McAvoy talks about the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence‘s report card on how Obama has performed in strengthen gun regulation.

*** This report card was based on Obama’s record after 1st year as president ***

Candidate Obama in 2008 was way tougher on gun control then President Obama; basically Obama has been a GREAT friend to the gun industry!

Information like this is not top-secret, you can easily Google this and find the facts.  Or at least I thought so….  Before last night’s episode of ‘The Newsroom’ I just so happened to engage my colleagues at work in a debate concerning gun control.  For the record these guys are smart guys who happen to love guns, and I respect the right for people to own a gun.  But the conversation quickly went into a death spiral when one guy stated that, “Barack Obama wants to circumvent the 2nd Amendment and take away everyone’s guns…”

Ummmmmm…….

Of course I tried to correct him but he was adamant that; when I asked where he got this information from he said the head of the National Rifle Association aka NRA.  GTFOH, so the organization that fights any attempt to regulate guns was his source?!?!?!?

Folks this is what we are dealing with today, I could understand if this was 1980… Before the internet, the 24 hour news cycle, and GOOGLE!!! But this is 2012, this is the INFORMATION AGE and we still have people who are just as ignorant as if it was the stone age.  As usual my stubborn nature did not allow me to just walk away shaking my head, so I went into how the president has not introduced any legislation toughening gun control.  I showed article after article supporting what I was saying…

Did it work??

Nope, instead of believing numerous sources this guy preferred to believe the opinion (with no facts to back up) of a few people aka NUTBAGS.  So what do we do when people prefer to believe the non-factual rantings of nutbags?

I have no idea….

I am the type of person who relies on facts and it disturbs me when people ignore them; I will always stand by the facts but I have ask.

Have I been fooling myself in thinking that at the end of the day facts will always win out?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Basketball Wives the Movie…

I am not even sure what to say about Basketball Wives the Movie

The TV show Basketball Wives irritates the hell out of me; watching Black/Latino women make fools of themselves was fun at 1st but this has gotten out of hand.  It has gotten to the point it is sad to watch these women sell themselves out for the fame.  I wrote before how much of a pimp Shaunie O’neal was for making money off these broads, and also had sad it was.

And now Shaunie’s pimp game is about to hit the big screen….

So far it sounds like the movie version of Basketball Wives will be a fictional story about a woman who deals with her NBA boyfriend and the other basketball girlfriends.  I wonder if the story will ACTUALLY have women who are wives???

Now I will do what I can not to pass judgement before watching the final product, but it is going to be difficult.  To be successful you have to believe that the movie will attempt to follow the formula that has made the TV show so successful.  It will be interesting to see what direction Tracey Edmonds will take the movie; there has been a lot of bad press recently with Basketball Wives lately as this season has seem to go over the top with all the fighting/violence.  Evelyn Lozada has been the focus of the criticism as she has gone into overdrive with the bitch calling and table hopping.  It’s so bad that a petition was started on Change.org against Evelyn and her upcoming show ‘Eve and Ocho’ with Chad Ochocinco.

You know I am not sure if this is what they meant when people talked about what the success of ‘Think Like A Man’ would do for future “Black films”.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!